Yaskawa has integrated Powerlink in their DX200 robot controller, making itpossible to seamlessly incorporate Motoman robots into machine automation systems. For machine manufacturers, this advancement considerably simplifies the programming of robots.
“We not only created an interface to Powerlink,” explains Bruno Schnekenburger,head of the robotics division at Yaskawa Europe. “With Motoman Sync, we also offerthe possibility of programming robots in a familiar IEC 61131 environment.” Ad-vantages include drastically reduced commissioning times and better clock accuracy.
Integration in a Powerlink network results in additional benefits such as in-creased productivity. In addition, machines or plants can be designed more flexibly.A separate operator terminal for robots is not needed since all data required for operation and diagnostics can be displayed and modified on the machine’s main terminal. The DX200 is a high-performance robot controller for Yaskawa Motoman robots. It enables synchronous control of up to eight robots or 72 axes and is equipped with a built-in safety controller in accordance with PL d / Cat 3 for up to 32 user-de-fined safety areas and up to 16 different tools. Integrating Powerlink into the DX200robot controller now allows Yaskawa Motoman robots to be seamlessly incorporat-ed in machine automation systems